Important News For Employers Regarding Unemployment Compensation
November 5, 2013
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, effective October 21, 2013 it will be be more important than ever for employers to respond promptly and completely to all unemployment claims.
Due to new federal and state laws, employers and third party administrators may be charged for any ineligible benefits if they repeatedly fail to respond adequately and in a timely manner to any requests regarding unemployment claims. Such charges can lead to an increased tax rate.
Under Ohio Law, if the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services receives a response to a “Request for Separation Form” within 10 working days from the date the request was sent, it is considered “timely.” Any longer than 10 working days then the response is considered “untimely.” An “adequate” response is one where an employer answers all questions on a form or participates in a fact-finding interview, if one is requested. A “pattern of failing to respond” can be established if benefits were incorrectly paid three times in a calendar year due to the employer not responding timely or adequately.
So, by responding timely and accurately to requests of information you can help lower your unemployment tax rate and help minimize improper payments.